A Weekend Trip to Mussoorie & Dhanaulti

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5th May 2018
Photo of A Weekend Trip to Mussoorie & Dhanaulti by Surjodeep Bose

Evening at Mall Road. The Himalayas offer a spectacular view.

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Dehradun and Doon Valley Before Sunset

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Dehradun City

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Dehradun city at night with high exposure

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Mall Road

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

I don't remember the name of this cafe but it is really beautiful

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Enroute to Dhanulti

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Garhwal Mountains and New Tehri view

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Doon Valley at elevation

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Cloudy view of the Gangotri range. On a clear day, snow-capped mountains are visible

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Yamunotri mountains

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Dhanaulti

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose
Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Mussoorie to Dhanaulti Road

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Somewhere beyond Dhanaulti

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Dhanaulti

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

A kind gentleman agreed to take a picture of me

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

At Little Lama Cafe Mussoorie

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

The coolest beer mug ever!

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

Mall Road

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Surjodeep Bose

When I finally got a permanent registration number for my bike, it was time to head out and take the bike on a trip. Since time was limited (I had Saturday, Sunday and Monday first half), I decided to drive up to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti from Gurgaon.

I left for Mussoorie at 4 am from Gurgaon. The plan was to make the trip to Dhanaulti on day 1, stay there, and then leave from Dhanaulti on Sunday morning. On the way back, I would stop over at Mussoorie and then leave by early afternoon to reach Delhi by late evening. However, due to a myriad of reasons, I could only make it upto Mussoorie on Day 1 and decided to halt there for the day.

Mussoorie is a tourist's paradise and a traveler's nightmare. The city is crawling to the brim with tourists, who'll litter up to kingdom come. There are some good parts about the city- its spectacular night view, Landour, its bookshops- are some of the good parts about the place.

On Sunday morning 8 am, I started my short drive up to Dhanaulti. I drove at a leisurely pace and took multiple stops, only to reach Dhanaulti by 10 am. On reaching however, I realised that there wasn't much to do around. There are adventure sports around the town but I am more of a "find a cafe and chill" kind of person. So, I decided to travel along the hills up to Chamba. Unfortunately, I couldn't take any pics on the drive from Chamba as my camera battery died. From Chamba, I made my way to Haridwar for the night. Some of the most beautiful and pristine views surrounded me on the drive, including a sneak at the mountains that walled Kedarnath.

I left from Haridwar at 5am as I needed to be back to Delhi by 11am.

It's a great itinerary for those looking for a quick weekend trip.

With petrol, hotel and other expenses, my total spending came to around 3700 INR.

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